Filipino short film My 2014 Neighbor (Ang Kapitbahay Ko Sa 2014) won the first prize in the Short-Form Fiction category at the 21st International Film Festival for Children in Mexico City.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Children’s Jury, comprised of 11 young film critics and enthusiasts between eight and 14 years old, awarded the first prize to My 2014 Neighbor directed by Anya Nepomuceno Zulueta because of the film’s production quality, story-telling, and its positive message of bridging divides.
Besides Zulueta’s entry, which was released in 2015, another Filipino film, Mami (2014) directed by Che Espiritu, was also a finalist in the short-form category.
The annual film festival ran from August 9 to 14 this year. Participating countries included Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Australia, Czech Republic, Latvia, USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico, Denmark, and Romania
Awards were given for long-form, short-form, animation, and documentary categories.
Third Secretary Mikhal de Dios of the Philippine Embassy in Mexico received the award on behalf Zulueta during the closing ceremony on August 14.